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Photography Italy 2011

Cagliari and Carbonia passing through Sant’ Antioco

Cagliari and Carbonia passing through Sant’ Antioco

During a short business trip I had the opportunity to visit southern Sardinia stopping in Cagliari, Carbonia and even Sant’ Antioco despite the inclement weather.

In the past I had been in Sardinia, and regretfully this was a really short trip, just few days, but intense. Sardinia is really beautiful, in every part and in any climate. I really hope to return as soon as possible.

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Triora

Triora

The third and final step of the trip in Liguria was the medieval village of Triora. Triora is really in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the Ligurian hinterland, separated from the sea and from the Piedmont by high hills and mountains covered by dense forests.

Triora is located in the Valle Argentina, 780 above see level on the southern slope of a mountain ridge, has been rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The day was ending, the weather getting worst, but the Triora is definitely really lovely.

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Dolceacqua

Dolceacqua

The second step of the short tour in Liguria, after a quick sandwich, was Dolceacqua a beautiful medieval village in Val Nervia.

The oldest part of Dolceacqua is dominated by the Castle of Doria, the modern town extends on the opposite bank of the river. A panorama truly distinctive and unmistakable.

Is a picturesque place indeed, Monet made ​​his first visit in Liguria in 1883 together with Renoir, for just fifteen days. He was so impressed by the charm of the places that had just returned to Giverny, immediately showed the desire to go back, in fact, 23 January 1884, Monet was back in Bordighera.

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Taggia

Taggia

The Italian region Liguria is a very interesting, especially the hinterland, rich in medieval villages or almost forgotten. I decided to take a nice hike discovering some, the first of these was Taggia.

The inland area is particularly rich in vegetation and interesting destinations, both in terms of landscape and natural features. With an hour’s drive you can reach the Maritime Alps.

The whole area of the upper valley Argentina is interested in the creation of the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps particularly suitable for walking activities at various levels and the practice of mountain-biking.

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Turin, Piazza Statuto and fountain of Frejus

Turin, Piazza Statuto and fountain of Frejus

The fountain of Frejus located in Piazza Statuto was design by Count Marcello Panissera to commemorate the inauguration of the Frejus tunnel. It was inaugurated in 1879.

It consists of a pyramid of huge boulders coming right from the excavation of the tunnel, and is surmounted by a winged Genius overlooking the marble statues of the Titans killed: it means the triumph of reason over brutal and animal wild force.

In popular tradition this was the original meaning of the monument in Piazza Statute but people added a second one: the suffering endured by the miners to carry out the hard work.

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Turin and Gargoyles

Turin and Gargoyles

Despite being born and raised in Turin only recently began to know the city. You have not to walk just looking around, you have to move the eye upward also.

The historic center of Turin, in particular the area occupied by Banks between Via Alfieri, Via XX Settembre, Piazza San Carlo, Palazzo Lascaris is full of strange presences: Gargoyles, monsters, devils, they are numerous, it’s disturbing to think that I passed by the very same way for years without ever notice them.

Finally you see them, the Gargoyles have always been there.

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Turin rivers Po and Dora fountains

Turin rivers Po and Dora fountains

It was a beautiful day, so I decided to photograph Piazza CLN in Turin, once called, by my ancestors “Piazza of the two Churches”. It is not a large square, a minor in Turin, crossed by Via Roma. The current name is derived from the National Liberation Committee, formed in Italy by the end of fascism.

I do not live far away so I promised myself to do these shots, pictures of the small square and the fountains of rivers Po and Dora.

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Turin and the door with masonic symbols

Turin and the door with masonic symbols

Turin is a strange, mysterious city, where good and evil merge, where the measure and the balance between the forces of nature and man are constantly changing and is object of attention since thousands of years. A story that could only be imbued of masonic symbols. The city of Turin is so full of esoteric symbols, demons and angels, and we have already seen some in this Web site.

In addition to the doorway of the Devil, of which we have already discussed, there is another wooden door very interesting, in Via Alfieri 19, near Piazza Solferino. A large door in solid wood where you can clearly see several masonic symbols like the square, compass, goniometer. It is said that the palace was built by the masons, but beyond that, it is really a beautiful work of craftsmanship, and it worths finding.

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Life and death in Turin

Life and death in Turin

It’s a series of shots taken in Turin in different circumstances, a walk through the various streets of the historic center and a visit to the monumental cemetery of the city.

As I watched these photos of Torino, I immediately realized that they have to stay together, they were opposed and antithetical, but inevitably attracted by each other.

Life, game, fun, clowns, streets, church, religion, tombs.

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Turin and faces in Piazza San Carlo

Turin and faces in Piazza San Carlo

is one of the most important squares of Turin the real center of Turin. 168 meters long and 76 wide is embedded within the road axis of the Via Roma, which connects Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Felice.

It is the main place for the historical and social events, rallies, demonstrations, presentations, strikes, concerts; in short, the living room of the city.

Personally it is one of my Turin favorites Piazza’s, especially since many years ago the square has become completely pedestrian, cars are not allowed.

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Turin and the doorway of the Devil

Turin and the doorway of the Devil

In Turin, in via Vittorio Alfieri, stands an old building, which now houses a bank. The building has a beautiful huge, solid, dark, carved wood door.

Palazzo Trucchi di Levaldigi, this is the name of the palace in Turin, is a huge building erected in 1673 on design by Amedeo di Castellamonte and thanks to Minister of Finance of the House of Savoy.

The door is decorated with flowers, angels, fruit, but what is really amazing is the clapper in the center of the door: a polished smiling Devil. All the people of Turin known this door as doorway of the Devil.

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Mole Antonelliana with snow

Mole Antonelliana with snow

Last winter I realized that I had never photographed the Mole Antonelliana from the royal gardens.

In this web-site you will find some more photos of Mole Antonelliana, it is virtually impossible come to Turin without photographing its symbol which makes a unique city with an unmistakable profile.

The construction of the Mole Antonelliana began in 1863, and was originally supposed to be a Jewish synagogue. The project of Mole Antonelliana proved to be time consuming and costly, and a series of changes made by Antonelli, the architect of this opera, raised the building to 113 meters.

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Angels in Turin

Angels in Turin

Walking in Turin must being careful where you go, it could happen to come across not only in monsters, demons, gargoyles, but also Angels. Turin, the magical city par excellence is a set of forces of good and evil.

The Angels that I photographed are located in the historic center of Turin, to hold the balcony of the first floor of a strange building on the corner of Via Pietro Micca and Via San Francesco d’Assisi, almost in Piazza Solferino, definitely nice building.

You do not notice the building, you must know it, the palace once looked directly at one of the most beautiful squares in Torino, but now it is almost buried, obscured, hidden, by a huge and horrible fifteen-story skyscraper built in the 60s’.

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Santa Maria di Staffarda Abbey

Santa Maria di Staffarda Abbey

After Saluzzo, along with a friend of mine, we went to visit the famous Staffarda Abbey, unfortunately the weather was not the best, it rained all day. The atmosphere was interesting, the photographs of the Abbey of Staffarda str not bad at all.

The Abbey is not in optimal conditions, especially inside, as we can see in the photographs of the windows. The atmosphere was quite serene, peaceful and relaxed, suspended in time of a site so rich in history.

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Saluzzo and its in historic center

Saluzzo and its in historic center

Visiting Piedmont, in Italy, you can not miss a visit to Saluzzo, a magnificent and spectacular example of medieval architecture perfectly preserved over the centuries. The opportunities to take good pictures in Saluzzo are definitely a lot.

Saluzzo was for centuries, an independent and proud Marquis, an area with a vocation for fruits a fertile and generous land.

The day I came to visit Saluzzo unfortunately it was cold and foggy, not the best to take the photos I had in mind, in this unlucky day also the beautiful “Castello della Manta”, with its Renaissance frescoes was closed due to renovations.

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